FS Husain Abdullah was inactive after suffering his second concussion in four games. He was replaced by backup strong safety Tyrell Johnson, who has been a disappointment since being taken in the second round of the draft in 2008. Johnson was run over and blasted onto his back on Michael Bush’s 2-yard touchdown run.
DT Kevin Williams, who has been struggling with plantar fasciitis, had his first sack since the second week of last season.
DE Jared Allen, who went into the game with a league-high 13.5 sacks was held without a sack. Literally. He was essentially tackled by left tackle Jared Veldheer on what could have been a sack of Carson Palmer. The shutout snapped Allen’s franchise record for consecutive games with a sack at 11.
OLB Erin Henderson missed his first game of the season because of what was called a slight hamstring injury. Special teamer Kenny Onatolu had to make his first NFL start since joining the Vikings from the CFL three years ago. Onatolu had only one tackle and was often out of position.
RB Adrian Peterson was outfitted with a walking boot and diagnosed with a high ankle sprain. While Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said he could be cleared for light running later this week, he’s unlikely to play this week and could miss 2-4 weeks with “a little bit of ligament damage,” Frazier said.
QB Christian Ponder continues to look like a rookie. He threw three interceptions. Two of them led to 10 points. One of them came in the end zone. He has promise, but these are the growing pains the team will have to live with. On a positive note, Ponder also showed the poise to come back late in the game and throw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Kyle Rudolph. He set the score up with a nice 37-yard pass to Visanthe Shiancoe to the 1.
OLB Chad Greenway had 15 tackles and his first sack of the season. But he still is making too many tackles downfield. He’s also missing tackles near the line of scrimmage.